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Official American Holidays - all offices, banks, governmental bodies are closed.
   January 1     New Year's Day (if falls on a Sunday, the next day is also a holiday, if falls on a Saturday, the previous day is also a holiday)
   Third Monday in January     Martin Luther King Day
   February 12     Presidents' Day
   third Monday in February     Memorial Day
   July 4     Independence Day (if falls on a Sunday, the next day is also a holiday, if falls on a Saturday, the previous day is also a holiday)
   first Monday in September     Labor Day
   second Monday in October     Columbus Day
   second Monday in November     Veterans' Day
   fourth Thursday in November     Thanksgiving Day
   December 25     Christmas Day (if falls on a Sunday, the next day is also a holiday, if falls on a Saturday, the previous day is also a holiday)

Independence Day

July Fourth is the birthdya of the United States. It is a national holiday. Another name for July Fourth is Independence Day. Americal people celebrate July Fourth as Independence Day because on July 4, 1776, the original thirteen colonies declared their independence from England.

Before 1776, the King of England ruled the thirteen colonies in America. The colonists were angry with the King because of taxes. They wanted their independence from England. A war started in 1775 between the colonists and soldiers from England. The colonists won the war. They wanted to say why they wanted their independence or freedom from England. So they chose Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence.

On July 4, 1776, the leaders of the colonies signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It said that all people were equal and had the right to live in freedom. A new nation was born. people rang bells and fired guns for the birth of the Unites States of America.

Today, Americans celebrate July Fourth in many different ways. During the day, many people get together with friends and family members for picnics. Many cities have parades with bands in the streets. At night there are noisy fireworks. These beautiful firewirks of different colors light up the sky all across the country.